I like stories which mingle history, humour, romance and a touch (sometimes more than a touch) of the supernatural. Gay men necessarily live on the margins of society — even though less so now than they once did — so they fit well in tales of the liminal and into the dark spaces between worlds, as I found when I finally began writing fiction a few years ago.
The playground where most of my stories are set is in the non-existent realm imagined by Anthony Hope (1863-1933), which he called Ruritania. All three of his Ruritanian stories captivated me as a child, and the series of tales featured here are set in a Ruritania as I imagine it lived and grew after the end of his Rupert of Hentzau.
The Crown of Tassilo historical series takes the story of the Rassendyll-Elphberg family through revolutions and war up to the present day, when Ruritania is an EU accession state going now under the name of Rothenia.
The Peacher Series plays itself out in modern-day America, Britain and Rothenia, and is set around a series of characters linked together by their relationships with the Anglo-American Peacher dynasty.
Each stands alone, but it is a good idea to take them in sequence.
The novel Terre Nouvelle is not related to either of the series. Some or all of these stories have previously appeared on Nifty, Iomfats or CRVboy. Many thanks to the Dude for hosting them here.